ROME (AP) -- Italy's government has stopped its public financing of political parties, after a rash of scandals involving politicians who misused some of these funds for personal luxuries.
During a Cabinet meeting Friday, Premier Enrico Letta said his government issued a decree scrapping the practice that put millions in the coffers of political parties. Instead, taxpayers will have the option of designating 0.2 percent of their annual income tax to a particular party. If taxpayers don't want to see any of their taxes go to political parties, the 0.2 percent will be earmarked for general spending by the government.
Letta also said political parties will be required to have an external audit of their books to ensure money is properly spent.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to email@example.com. Please provide detailed information.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.